Thursday, 3 August 2017

£200m for Neymar not expensive – Jose Mourinho says as La Liga rejects €222m PSG cash for Neymar

Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has said that Neymar is “not expensive” even at almost £200 million but has warned that the Brazilian’s world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain will further inflate an already “crazy” transfer market.

Mourinho has already highlighted his concerns this summer over some of the fees that are being paid for what he regards as average players but he stressed that exceptional talent offered value for money even at exceptional prices.

“When we paid that amount for Paul [Pogba] I said that he was not expensive,” he said.

“Expensive are the ones that get into a certain level without a certain quality. I think with Neymar it is going to happen the same [as Pogba]. I don’t think he’s expensive for £200 million. I think he’s expensive for the fact that you are going to have more players of £100 million and more players of £80 million and more players of £60 million.

“I think that’s the problem because Neymar is one of the best players in the world. Commercially he’s very strong and for sure Paris Saint-Germain thought about it. So I don’t think the problem is Neymar, it’s the consequences after Neymar.”

Meanwhile, La Liga has rejected an attempt by lawyers for Neymar to pay his buyout clause of 222m euros.

The Brazilian, 25, is expected to sign for Paris St-Germain for a world record fee, after telling Barcelona he wanted to leave the club on Wednesday.

Spanish media say La Liga officials believe PSG are violating Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Barcelona previously said they would report PSG to Uefa for a FFP breach.

In Spain a player must buy himself out of his contract.

This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga to release the player from his contract. The league then passes the money to the selling club.

"We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected," La Liga told BBC Sport.

FFP rules, first implemented during the 2011-12 season, stipulate that European clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30m euros.

PSG is backed by money from Gulf state Qatar and La Liga president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of "financial doping".

He told AS: "La Liga is positing that state-backed clubs that compete using 'financial doping' could destabilise professional football in Europe".


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